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Diagnoses and treatments based on movement system impairment syndromes were developed to guide physical therapy treatment. This masterclass aims to describe the concepts on that are the basis of the syndromes and treatment and to provide the current research on movement system impairment syndromes. The conceptual basis of the movement system impairment syndromes is that sustained alignment in a non-ideal position and repeated movements in a specific direction are thought to be associated with several musculoskeletal conditions.

Classification into movement system impairment syndromes and treatment has been described for all body regions. The classification involves interpreting data from standardized tests of alignments and movements. Treatment is based on correcting the impaired alignment and movement patterns as well as correcting the tissue adaptations associated with the impaired alignment and movement patterns.

The reliability and validity of movement system impairment syndromes have been partially tested. Although several case reports involving treatment using the movement system impairment syndromes concept have been published, efficacy of treatment based on movement system impairment syndromes has not been tested in randomized controlled trials, except in people with chronic low back pain. Since , Sahrmann 1 , 2 and associates have been developing movement system impairment MSI syndromes to describe conditions that can be diagnosed by physical therapists and that guide treatment and inform prognosis.

A basic premise of the KPM is that repetitive movement and sustained alignments can induce pathology. MSI syndromes are proposed to result from the repetitive use of alignments and movements that over time are proposed to become impaired and eventually induce pathoanatomical changes in tissues and joint structures. The model emphasizes the contribution of 1 the musculoskeletal system as the effector of movement, 2 the nervous system as the regulator of movement, and 3 the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and endocrine systems as providing support for the other systems, but that also are affected by movement.

The key concept is that the body, at the joint level, follows the laws of physics and takes the path of least resistance for movement, typically in a specific direction such as flexion, extension or rotation. Determinants of the path are 1 both intra- and inter-joint relative flexibility, 2 relative stiffness of muscle and connective tissue, and 3 motor performance that becomes motor learning.

The micro-instability causes tissue microtrauma that with repetition can become macrotrauma. Graphic of the human movement system.

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The concepts incumbent in the KPM not only suggest that there are signs before there are symptoms, but that correction of the impaired alignments and movements and the contributing factors is also the most effective treatment of musculoskeletal pain conditions. The KPM places the emphasis on the cause of the tissue injury rather than on the pathoanatomy of the tissues.

Deciding on a syndrome is based first on identifying the impaired alignments and movements across a series of clinical tests. The alignments and movements typically are associated with an elicitation or increase in symptoms. The therapist then guides the patient to correct the alignments and movements to determine if the symptoms are improved.

When the examination is completed the information is used to 1 determine the syndrome, 2 identify the contributing factors, 3 determine the corrective exercises, 4 identify the alignments and movements to correct during daily activities, and 5 educate the patient about factors contributing to the musculoskeletal condition by practicing correction during activities. The following example illustrates how correcting the impaired alignments and movements address the cause of the pain, which is not achieved by identifying the pathoanatomical source of the symptoms.

A patient is referred to physical therapy with the diagnosis of Supraspinatus Tendinopathy. Tendinopathy is the pathoanatomic source of pain. After assessing the patient's scapular and humeral alignments and movements and associated symptom behavior the physical therapist makes a diagnosis of insufficient scapular upward rotation with humeral anterior glide. The other components of the examination identify the contributing factors that include 1 relative stiffness, 2 muscle strength, and 3 neuromuscular activation patterns. The idea behind the KPM is that classifying the patient according to impaired alignments and movements i.

Table 1 summarizes the key concepts underlying the proposed MSI syndromes. Intra-joint relative flexibility is hypermobility of accessory motions, i. One or more of these motions occurs too readily resulting in excessive range of motion, as well as in how frequently the motion occurs. Inter-joint relative flexibility refers to motion of adjoining joints occurring more readily in one of the joints even if the motion should be occurring in the other joint.

For example, during forward bending the lumbar spine flexes more readily than the hip flexes. Stiffness depends on the hypertrophy of muscle and the amount of collagen when considering whole muscle. When movement is performed across multiple joints, the body will tend to increase the amount of movement in the joint with lower resistance to motion or lower stiffness compared to the joint with higher resistance to motion or higher stiffness.

For example, during hip extension, the lumbar spine will move more readily than the hip joint into extension. Relative flexibility impairments can also occur during single joint movements, such as knee extension in sitting. If the pelvis tilts posteriorly and the lumbar spine flexes early during the knee movement, this indicates an impairment in relative flexibility of the lumbar spine with the hamstring muscles being stiffer than the back extensor muscles.

Sustained alignments and repeated movements associated with daily activities are the inducers of the tissue adaptations, impaired alignments and movements associated with MSI syndromes. The effects of sustained alignments and repeated movements on tissue adaptations and the development of symptoms is modified by several factors, including age, gender, tissue mobility, anthropometrics, activity level and psychological factors.

Men and women with low back pain show different pain-inducing alignments and movements.

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People with joint hypermobility have reduced joint proprioception 33 and may be at greater risk of musculoskeletal conditions. For example, women with lower femoral neck shaft angle are at increased risk for greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Psychological factors should also be considered since they can influence pain intensity 34 and change the outcome of different musculoskeletal conditions like tendinopathy, low back pain and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

The KPM is based on restoring ideal alignment and correcting movement impairments. Although some studies have not found differences in alignment and movement patterns between healthy people and people with musculoskeletal symptoms, 39 , 40 others have found significant differences. Although most studies assess impairments of alignment and movement after the onset of musculoskeletal pain, there also are studies showing that some alignment and movement impairments seen in asymptomatic people may increase their risk for development of musculoskeletal pain.

For example, lumbopelvic movement impairments during hip abduction 49 as well as standing in more lumbar lordosis 50 may be a risk factor for low back pain development in prolonged standing. The MSI examination and process for classification 51 , 52 , 53 involve interpreting data from a series of tests of alignments and movements.

Judgments about the timing and the magnitude of movement and degree of end-range alignment in specific joints, and the effect on symptoms are made during each test. Tests that are symptom-provoking are immediately followed by systematic corrections of the impairment to determine the role on the patient's symptoms.

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Correction involves 1 minimizing movement that occurs in the early part of the range of motion or excessive movement, particularly accessory motion, in the affected joint, while increasing movement in other joints or 2 reducing positions of end-range alignment in specific direction s. An improvement in the symptoms indicates that the alignment or movement impairment is associated with the patient's symptoms.

MSI syndromes have been developed for all body regions, including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, shoulder, elbow and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot 1 , 2 Table 2. Several studies have been performed to examine the validity of the MSI syndromes all of them examining either the lumbar region 8 , 52 , 56 , 57 , 58 , 59 , 60 , 61 , 62 , 63 , 64 , 65 , 66 , 67 , 68 , 69 , 70 or the knee joint. People with Lumbar Rotation Syndrome and people with Lumbar Rotation with Extension Syndrome displayed systematic differences in hip and lumbopelvic region movement during the test of active hip lateral rotation.

People with Lumbar Rotation Syndrome demonstrated greater end-range lumbar flexion during slumped sitting compared to people with Lumbar Rotation with Extension Syndrome. The reliability of examiners to classify also has been assessed for the lumbar spine and the knee.

Clinicians are able to reliably classify people into MSI syndromes for the lumbar spine, 60 , 62 , 72 , 73 , 74 , 75 even if they have limited clinical experience. Kappa values of intra- and inter-rater reliability for judgments of classifications ranged from 0. Treatment includes patient education, analysis and correction of daily activities and prescription of specific exercises. For example, patients with Scapular Depression Syndrome may be taught to keep their scapula elevated by supporting their arms while working at a computer.

The goal of the support is to reduce the sustained load on the cervical spine and the muscles that elevate the scapulae. The most important part of the program is teaching the patient to perform daily activities correctly and without symptoms. Because the sustained alignments and repeated movements are the cause of the problem they must be corrected. Patients are advised to correct their daily activities throughout the day. Recent work has shown that in people with LBP higher adherence to performing corrected daily activities compared to adherence to exercise is associated with greater improvement in function and pain as well as a number of other LBP-related outcomes.

The prescription of specific exercises is based on the patient's syndrome and contributing factors identified during the initial examination. The exercises require practicing correction of impaired alignments and movements identified during the clinical tests in the examination. For example, a patient with Hip Adduction Syndrome may present with excessive hip adduction associated with hip pain while performing a partial squat movement test.

The partial squat movement test then would be used as a specific exercise having the patient modify the amount and timing of hip adduction that occurs during the squat. The specific exercises and activities are performed during the treatment sessions and also are part of the home program. Each patient receives pictures or figures of the specific exercises and daily activities with written instructions. Videos also can be used to teach the patient how to perform the exercises and activities. The patient's ability to perform his program is assessed during clinic visits and used to progress the program.

Judgments about the patient's knowledge of the key concept of each exercise or activity and independence in performance of each exercise or activity is important information used to make decisions about when and what to progress. Several case reports involving treatment of MSI syndromes have been published. Both CS and NCS treatments included some form of exercise and correction of performance of daily activities.

The CS treatment involved education, exercise and daily activity correction as described for the MSI syndromes above. The NCS treatment involved education and daily activity correction emphasizing maintenance of a neutral spine. Exercise was directed at strengthening the trunk and increasing the flexibility of the trunk and lower limbs.

The authors proposed that the similar improvements found in both groups was because both were prescribed correction of daily activities that emphasized maintaining a neutral spine while increasing movement of other joints when performing daily activities.

The proposal also was based on the fact that people in the CS and NCS group adhered more and longer to correcting daily activities than they did to exercise. The MSI based classification and treatment allows physical therapists to diagnosis and treat musculoskeletal conditions based on principles of the KPM where impaired alignments and movements are proposed to induce pain and pathology. MSI syndromes and treatment have been described for all body regions.

The reliability and validity of the system for some anatomical regions have been partially described.

Daniel Azevedo works as an instructor in continuing education courses that include MSI content. Shirley Sahrmann teaches continuing education courses on MSI. She has published two books. She does not receive any royalties from the book Movement System Impairment syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine and the Extremities also published by Elsevier. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U.

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Published online Sep Azevedo , b, c and Linda Van Dillen a. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Received Aug 24; Accepted Aug Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. Abstract Background Diagnoses and treatments based on movement system impairment syndromes were developed to guide physical therapy treatment. Objectives This masterclass aims to describe the concepts on that are the basis of the syndromes and treatment and to provide the current research on movement system impairment syndromes.

Results The conceptual basis of the movement system impairment syndromes is that sustained alignment in a non-ideal position and repeated movements in a specific direction are thought to be associated with several musculoskeletal conditions. Introduction Since , Sahrmann 1 , 2 and associates have been developing movement system impairment MSI syndromes to describe conditions that can be diagnosed by physical therapists and that guide treatment and inform prognosis.

Open in a separate window. Table 1 Kinesiopathologic model: Musculoskeletal pain syndromes are the result of cumulative micro-trauma from accumulation of tissue stress and irritation resulting from sustained alignments or repeated movements in a specific direction s associated with daily activities. The joint s that is moving too readily in a specific direction is the site of pain generation. The readiness of a joint to move in a specific direction, i. Treatment is based on correcting the impaired alignments and movements contributing to tissue irritation as well as correcting the tissue adaptations, such as relative stiffness, muscle weakness, and neuromuscular activation patterns.

Relative intra- and inter-joint flexibility and relative stiffness Important KPM concepts related to the proposed MSI syndromes are relative flexibility and relative stiffness. Impairments of alignment and movement in people with musculoskeletal pain and healthy people The KPM is based on restoring ideal alignment and correcting movement impairments.

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Movement system impairment examination and classification The MSI examination and process for classification 51 , 52 , 53 involve interpreting data from a series of tests of alignments and movements. Table 2 MSI syndromes for different body regions. Conclusion The MSI based classification and treatment allows physical therapists to diagnosis and treat musculoskeletal conditions based on principles of the KPM where impaired alignments and movements are proposed to induce pain and pathology.

Conflicts of interest Daniel Azevedo works as an instructor in continuing education courses that include MSI content. See if you have enough points for this item. Authored by an acknowledged expert on muscle and movement imbalances, this well-illustrated book presents a classification system of mechanical pain syndrome that is designed to direct the exercise prescription and the correction of faulty movement patterns.

Diagnosis and treatment of movement system impairment syndromes

The diagnostic categories, associated muscle and movement imbalances, recommendations for treatment, examination, exercise principles, specific corrective exercises, and modification of functional activities for case management are described in detail. This book is designed to give practitioners an organized and structured method of analyzing the mechanical cause of movement impairment syndrome, the contributing factors, and a strategy for management.

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